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Master of Engineering Science Specialisation Power Engineering

Master of Engineering Science Specialisation Power Engineering (MENS)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November

Overview

  • If you want to become a Professional Power Engineer, and have an Australian 3 year engineering degree (or recognised equivalent international degree) but no work experience, the Master of Engineering Science (Power Engineering) will provide a pathway.
  • Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on practical experience with hands-on laboratory sessions and 60 days industry experience, preparing you thoroughly for the engineering profession.
  • You will complete a research project and dissertation applying all your formal knowledge to a real world problem. Whether this is smart grids, microgrids, energy storage systems, for future electricity distribution or the capture of solar energy, your project will provide insight to the profession of a Power Engineer.
  • The research project and dissertation can also be a stepping stone to further research degrees, such as PhD.

Further study

Master of Engineering Science graduates are eligible to be considered for higher research degrees such as PhD studies.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Engineering Science (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) has been accorded full accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia (which fast-tracks migration skills stage 1 assessment for international students considering migration).

As a graduate of the Master of Science program, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership with Engineers Australia. After gaining experience working in your field in industry, you can apply for Stage 1 Professional Engineer (MIEAust), followed by chartered status as a Professional Engineer (CPEng) and potential future accreditation as an Executive Engineering (ExecEng). You will also have the opportunity to work overseas, with your accreditation recognised in the countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.

Career outcomes

  • With the highly practical knowledge and skills you gained in the design, construction and management of power generation, there will be a wide range of career opportunities available to you including mining, transportation, manufacturing, energy distribution operators and power stations.
  • Power Engineers are also at the forefront of alternative power sources and energy storage systems, along with solar and wind energy.

Entry requirements

  • Australian university three or four-year Bachelor degree in engineering in the relevant specialisation, or equivalent.
    Or
  • Australian university four-year Bachelor degree in engineering in a non-related specialisation, or equivalent.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
7 x core courses 8
6 x specialisation courses 6
2 x approved courses 2
5 x practice courses (0 unit value)
Total 16

Note: If you do not meet foundation specialisation knowledge you may need to substitute courses in the standard pattern in lieu of any course credit.

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

As part of your Master of Engineering Science Degree you will need to complete a minimum of 60 days of professional experience. However, some students may have been already been employed in industries relevant to their studies and may be able to write up that work to meet this requirement. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of practical experience within this program.

Residential schools

This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential and practical school courses.

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree it is mandatory you attend on-campus for several residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face practicals and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Residential schools are one week long intensive sessions held periodically across a program of study, and provided free to students to complete the practical requirements of their program.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 9527
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 27040

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November, 2020.
  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.
  • Semester 3, 2021 - applications close Monday 15 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 15 November, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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